1. Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer found in many frozen dinners, salad dressings, chips, and meats. MSG is mostly made up of the same neurotransmitter used by your pancreas, eyes, brain, nervous system and other organs for initiating processes in your body.
MSG overexcites your cells and causes the nerves in the brain to fire rapidly and repeatedly, leading to damage or death. This additive may worsen or trigger Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. MSG commonly causes headaches as well as heart palpitations, and an increased desire to eat more food. You have to use caution in reading labels for MSG: It can hide other under other names and be included in a variety of other additives such as yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, vegetable powder, glutamate, caseinate, and natural flavor.